Californian Producer Boom Bip – now living in the shadow of being the non-Gruff Rhys half of Mercury-nominated Neon Neon – has released his third solo album Zig Zaj with the obligatory collaborations that go with such things. Franz Ferdinand singer Alex Kapranos, Money Mark, Cate Le Bon, Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, and Bon Iver‘s Michael Noyce all join the former DJ and multi-instrumentalist to help create an album bursting with creative flair and skilfully advocated moods.

Producer-led atmospheric albums can frequently be difficult to listen to, but Boom Bip (aka Bryan Hollon) manages to achieve both a providential aural flavour and accessibility, and, importantly, there is a congruity to the record – all these different elements don’t feel like they’ve been mashed together like some poorly conceived ‘Best Of’ compilation - even despite a mixture of instrumental and vocal-led songs.

And still more, Zig Zaj touches on a vast array of musical styles and although John Peel’s comparison with Captain Beefheart might be taking things a bit far, Boom Bip has clearly broadened his portfolio further here.

What you do get in spades is fantastic musicianship, deep richly flavoured tracks, and a consistent record that very much belongs to Boom Bip rather than his collaborators.